Home' Ausmarine : August 2009 Contents June 2009 saw Badenach Enterprises of
Smithton in northwest Tasmania, launch
yet another of their highly successful
Mark Ellis-designed 12.5-metre lobster
fishers, 'Nelson Bay II'.
Delivered to George Badenach himself,
this highly experienced fisherman fills dual
roles as both builder and client, and asked
nothing less than the most exacting
standards of himself and his yard to ensure
the finished vessel would meet his most
exacting needs as well as showcase his work
both alongside the wharf and out fishing.
Following the delivery last year of the
ninth of his new line of "Badenach" vessels
from the Mark Ellis mould, the very
eye-catching 13.5-metre charter fishing
vessel 'Wal Adi', (the second vessel George
has built for Arafura Bluewater Charters in
the Northern Territory); and two previous
12.5 metre boats, 'Marion' and 'Juliet-Lyn';
as well as a 12.5-metre pleasure craft on the
same hull, Badenach Enterprises can now
be said to be truly bedded in at its
George has been a while without his
own vessel, having recently been occupied
with getting his Smithton shipyard up and
established to his own satisfaction while
also pursuing further studies.
But with things now running nicely
he decided it was high time to go back
to enjoying some seasonal lobster
fishing, and he wanted his new vessel to
be truly exceptional.
Built to his own exacting standards,
'Nelson Bay II' is a fibreglass boat, a
traditional 'Badenach 42', with the
substantial scantlings and traditional
seaworthy features we have come to expect
from this marque.
She will operate out of Smithton, and
join a growing fleet of Badenach vessels
already working out of the northwest, as
well as Tasmania-wide and interstate.
George chose to engine her with two
168kW 6068TFM 50 John Deere marine
diesels supplied by Marine Diesel Services.
He chose the John Deere engines on
account of their slow revving capability,
high torque, fuel economy and reliability.
They have very low emissions, good
control and fuel consumption, as well as a
very good power/weight ratio, and they are
nice compact engines, allowing plenty of
room and ease of access in the engine space.
The John Deere engines were installed
by Badenach Enterprises, and 'Nelson Bay
II' easily achieved her maximum speed of
23 knots, and cruised comfortably and
quietly at 17 knots, with impressive
economy on her trials in the Duck River
and waters off Smithton.
George opted for 2:1 ZF 63A gearboxes,
transmitting the power to twin Mikado
four-bladed propellers, and he also added a
6kVA Westerbeke genset to supply 240
volts to power the fridge, stove, hot water,
spotlights, reverse cycle air-conditioning
and other electrical amenities he may
install in future.
We were impressed with the vessel's
performance in a light to moderate chop,
and her manoeuvrability was quick and
responsive, the vessel virtually turning in
its own length. Two of George's priority
requirements are great sea keeping
qualities, and top manoeuvrability. The
waters he works are renowned for their big
seas, and he needed a sturdy vessel that
would allow him a stable and dry working
platform to work in stormy conditions.
The electronics were installed by Jaeger
Electrical and Refrigeration from Smithton
and include a Furuno FCV 292 sounder, a
Seiwa Marine plotter, a 48 nautical mile
Raymarine colour radar, a Suunto compass,
and a Raymarine autopilot, all to hand on
the starboard side of the wheelhouse, with
the GME VHF radio mounted in the
overhead console above.
Badenach Enterprises currently has a
17-metre, displacement-hull fishing vessel
being drawn up, while building another
two "Badenach 45" 13.5-metre fishing
vessels, as well as having several more
vessels in the pipeline for clients
For further information contact:
Badenach Enterprises, Tasmania.
PH: (03) 0427 645 710,
'Nelson Bay II'
Type of vessel:
Hydraulic anchor winch:
MAST, 3C, Tasmania
Mark Ellis Marine Designs,
Foam sandwich / FRP
2 x John Deere marine
diesel 6068TFM 50,
Marine Diesel Service
2 x Mikado 4-bladed,
61cm x 61cm
1 x Westerbeke genset,
Steering, pot hauler
On Site Hydraulics
Tamar Marine / S.N.K.
Furuno FCV 292
Marine Gear Tasmania
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